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Hibbitt – Wolves can win the Europa League

Kenny Hibbitt believes Wolves can celebrate their return to Europe by winning the Europa League – and finish in the top six. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side start the club’s first European campaign for 39 years in the second qualifying round by playing the winners of Crusaders and Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn, who face off on July 11 and 18. Hibbitt is delighted to see his beloved Wolves back on the continental stage after a near four-decade absence. The double League Cup winner is one of only three players with Derek Parkin and John Richards who have figured in all four…

Two former Wolves players training with Walsall

Former Wolves striker Liam McAlinden has returned to the West Midlands to join pre-season training with Walsall after leaving Cheltenham. The 25-year-old former Exeter City forward came to an agreement with the Robins, allowing him to leave halfway through his two-year deal at Whaddon Road. He is now hoping to earn a deal with the Saddlers, who were relegated to League Two last season and are now managed by Darrell Clarke. After failing to win a regular place at Cheltenham, where he failed to score in eight first-team appearances in all competitions, McAlinden spent time on loan at Brackley Town…

Wolves face ‘worldwide competition’ for Salomon Rondon

Wolves have been warned by Albion they face ‘worldwide’ competition for Salomon Rondon – but he will be sold this summer. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add the Venezuela international to his squad but faces rivalry for his signature from Newcastle, where Rondon was voted player of the year and scored 12 goals last season on loan. Newcastle parted company with manager Rafa Benitez on Monday, but it is understood the Magpies still want to sign Rondon – and the Baggies will sell, as he only has one year left on his contract. West Ham are also…

Raul the hero for Mexico as MGW finally capped for U21s

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was again at the forefront of a Mexico victory as he helped his country confirm top spot in CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A and a quarter-final spot. The soon-to-be club record £32m signing scored the second goal and set up the winner as Mexico beat Martinique 3-2 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to secure their place in the last eight. Jimenez restored Mexico’s lead in the 61st minute when he pounced on Rodolfo Pizzaro’s left-wing cross to slot home from close range. Earlier, Mexico made the perfect start when Uriel Antuna…

Doc: I want to stay at Wolves for life

Matt Doherty would like to stay at Wolves for life. The Ireland international is the club’s longest-serving player and has emerged as a key performer under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo. Last season he scored eight times and added eight assists in all competitions from right wing back, when he was an ever present. Doherty, now 27, has made 252 appearances for Wolves in three divisions since his £70,000 move from Bohemians in 2010 to become one of the club’s biggest bargain signings of modern times. He signed a new four-year deal worth a reported £50,000-a-week in February to keep…

Wolves face battle for £10m-rated Camacho, says his dad

Wolves face a battle sign £10m-rated Liverpool forward Rafael Camacho, according to his father. Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add the 19-year-old promising and versatile attacker to his squad this summer. But there is competition for his signature, in the shape of his old club Sporting Lisbon, their Portuguese rivals Benfica and RB Leipzig. Camacho’s father Euclides is quoted in Portuguese paper Record as saying: “Sporting is a good possibility. Rafael played there for eight years. Going back to a club that you know well would be a bit like coming home. He knows the club, people know him…

Crusaders’ WhatsApp group ‘lit up’ with Wolves Euro draw

One of Wolves’ potential opponents in the Europa League admits their WhatsApp group ‘lit up’ when were drawn against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Crusaders defender Sean Ward admits excitement spread through the squad online after Wednesday’s Europa League draw in Switzerland teed up a possible high-profile date with Wolves. Wolves will meet either the Northern Irish outfit or B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round on July 25 and August 1. It will be their first game in Europe for over 39 years, since losing 3-2 on aggregate to PSV Eindhoven in October 1980. But experienced…

Wolves star Raul is Mexico’s number one

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is Mexico’s number one. Mexico head coach, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, believes Jimenez offers more to the team than Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who is the country’s leading goalscorer. The hardworking former Benfica forward is soon to be confirmed as Wolves’ club record £32m signing. But he was criticised for missing chances, despite scoring twice in Mexico’s 7-0 win against Cuba in their opening CONCACEF Gold Cup game. West Ham striker Hernandez has grabbed 51 goals in over 100 internationals, while Jimenez has a lower conversion rate with 19 in 73. Mexico play their next game, against Canada…

Wolves man MGW looking to make big impression with U21s despite setback

Morgan Gibbs-White had to be content with a watching brief as England Under-21s got off to a losing start in the European Championships. The 19-year-old midfielder was an unused substitute as Adey Boothroyd’s side were beaten 2-1 by France in their opening Group C game after a 95th-minute own goal by Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester City’s Phil Foden put the Three Lions ahead in the 54th minute only for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudury to be sent off on 63. France equalised in the 89th minute through Nanitano Ikone. Nevertheless, Gibbs-White believes the season he has just had…

Wolves youngster aiming high after signing new deal

Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson is aiming to go from ball boy to first-teamer next season after signing a new two-year contract. The 19-year-old homegrown defender has signed a contract extension which includes a 12-month option to remain at Molineux until 2021. Sanderson, who can play centre back or right wing back, is in his first season as a professional. He enjoyed an impressive breakthrough year in Rob Edwards’ Under-23 side, playing a key role as they won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title. “My aim for next season is to break into the first-team; that’s my main focus,” said…